Portlaoise’s top business success story, Internal Results, officially opened their new 15,000 sq metre office in the IDA park last Friday, August 8, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan cutting the ribbon.
It was an afternoon of relaxed family fun and celebration for the 32 staff of the three year old company, all of them young and nearly all from Portlaoise.
While Jeca the clown kept the small ones entertained, wearing their ‘next generation of lead generators’ t-shirts, the official opening got underway in the reception of the spacious IDA offices, still three quarters empty.
Director Ian Cullen thanked the IDA for their support in providing the office and a grant towards the hiring of twenty more staff, announced in recent weeks.
“It is just over a year since we met the IDA and today with their support we are standing in this symbolic building. It is with good faith and positive vision that as we open these doors today, we say that Internal Results will succeed,” he said.
Minister Flanagan said it was an important day for the IDA office on the Mountrath road, which has lain unused since it was built a decade ago.
“People have driven by, walked by, and wondered when is it going to be occupied. It is really important that it is occupied by such a young dynamic team, I am struck by your air of positivity, and your age profile, it augurs well for a strong workforce,” he said.
Pointing out that unemployment figures have dropped from 15.9 percent three years ago, to 10.6 percent this year, he admitted more needed to be done.
“A lot more needs to be done in Laois, in job creation and maintenance, I believe we are on the right course. I thank the IDA for their engagement, I believe it is important that state agencies work with and for us in Laois, this is happening with Enterprise Ireland. Laois has small business has its lifeblood. You have got a good name here, and I wish you a long and positive future in Portlaoise,” he said.
Internal Results describe themselves as a lead generation company, creating sales leads over the phone for international technology companies such as Cisco, Cnet and McAfee.
It is led by Portlaoise men Seamus Delaney and Noel Hooban, who worked in a similar field in London before returning to set up in their native town.
The company first began as Target 250, working from the offices of Sherry Fitzgerald Hyland, before moving above Vetcare in Portlaoise.
It rapidly grew with the help of investment from Enterprise Ireland, and more recently the IDA.
Last January the company also received a €80,000 Priming Grant from the Laois County Enterprise Board.
Director Seamus Delaney thanked his employees for their hard work.
“It is a very proud day for myself and Noel. The majority of our staff are from Portlaoise. We have a couple of foreigners from Offaly. With the help of the IDA we hope to turn our 32 staff into 50, so exciting times ahead. We are lucky we have got a great workforce. You do over and above what is asked of you. There are a lot of exciting times ahead for this company. We have taken a quarter of this building, hopefully we will have you back in the not so distant future for the other three quarters,” he said.
Also attending tg were Labour Senator John Whelan, Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley and Portlaoise councillors.